These books about politics in the U.S. are new to the Trinity library collection:

+-+719046964_70People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols

HC106.84 .M3973 2016

The authors argue that disruptive effects of technology on employment along with the rise of political power of a small number of wealthy individual and corporations have created a “citizenless democracy” where few people feel their vote matters, and that “the essential economic issues of the time are not the essential political issues of the times.”. They call for new thinking to address the problems, such things as revitalized public education, worker cooperatives and shorter work weeks.

Contents: Introduction: welcome to the future — Into the maelstrom — A jobless economy? — Citizenless democracy — Democratic infrastructure — Overcoming the democratic disconnect — A democratic agenda for a digital age — Statistical appendix / R. Jamil Jonna.

 

content Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law by David Cole

KF384 .C65 2016

Contents: The vision — A marathon, not a sprint : Vermont — One step forward, how many back? Massachusetts — A victory lost and regained : California — Losing forward : Maine — The end game : Windsor and Obergefell — One state at a time — Revisionist history — Federal forums — Supreme recognition — People power — “Completely hopeless” — Korematsu’s legacy — At home abroad — Messages and messengers — Transformative transparency — The Obama difference.

 

+-+782944364_70Poison Tea: How Big Oil and Big Tobacco Invented the Tea Party and Captured the GOP by Jeff Nesbit

JK2391.T43 N47 2016

Contents: An Unholy Alliance — The Playbook — A Critical Bridge: Ron Paul and the “Patriot” Movement — Smedley Butler, a Fascist Coup, and the American Liberty League — What Drives Charles Koch? — The Man Behind the Curtain — Why David Koch Never Loses — Tobacco Documents Trail — COFIRE — Enough Is Enough — Allied Forces — CART — Get Government off Our Back — The Tobacco Strategy — A Road Map for Antigovernment Anger — Mobilization Universe — The Quarterback — Seamless Transition — Sleight of Hand — Five Pillars — The Sam Adams Alliance — Propaganda “Dressed Up as Journalism” — Capturing the States — Structure of Social Change — A Blueprint Years in the Making — Winning.

 

Or try one of these novels:

+-+905961374_70 Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Tells the story of a bounty hunter in an alternative present where the U.S. Civil War never happened and slavery still exists in the “hard four” states.

+-+527264474_70 The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear by Stuart Stevens

PS3569.T4532 I56 2016

A satire about a campaign manager for a sitting vice president at a Republican convention with a right-wing, populist candidate.